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5 Friends Every Single Mom Needs

Emma Johnson | Posted 04.26.2015 | Divorce
Emma Johnson

If you're facing single motherhood -- whether by divorce, choice or happenstance, you need support. All the freaking support you can get You're building a new life here, woman! Who you spend time with influence who that new person will be.

The 'Mother Figure' I Didn't Know I Needed

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

No one would ever fill that void left by her death, I told myself, and it's true that no one really has. But my father has certainly made that void feel a little less empty.

Why I Decided To Get Pregnant At 50

Sophie B. Hawkins | Posted 04.24.2015 | Fifty
Sophie B. Hawkins

I have had the opportunity to have another child for six years, because I froze my eggs with a sperm donor's sperm when I was 31 years old in California. From one of those embryos came the most amazing human being I've ever met, Dashiell. And there were 11 more embryos with possibility of life still in storage.

A Single Mother's Truth

Stacey James | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Stacey James

When I was pregnant, I had many opinions and ideas about what life would be like after I had children -- how I was going to be as a parent, how my child would be and how I would raise my child in a warm, loving, two-parent home. Well, not everything in life goes as planned.

Mother's Whispers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

Mothers' Whispers How many times have you read a new article and something resonates personally? I'm beginning to see clearer that these ideas are ...

I Owe My Life To My Mother's Abortion

Ravishly | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Like millions of other women, my mother could not have known where her anything-but-simple choice would lead her. I'm just grateful it led her to me.

5 Ways Being An Adult Beats Being A Teen

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Those years between 13 and 18 certainly weren't easy, were they? It's amazing that we got through them. Some of us got through them relatively unscathed, while others are still self-conscious about the very issues that we got teased about back then

Dear New Mama: You Are An Exceptional Mother

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

It isn't easy, since nothing worth doing ever is, but these first days and weeks and months will unfold and so will your love.

How I Enhanced My Happiness at Work

Karthik Rajan | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

When I am back home in the evening and as I pick up my two year old and hug my 6-year-old and listen to their day stories with same high energy level as I left home, I get reminded of the thought provoking question that started it all. I would like to thank my mom for steering me towards what matters and for practicing her best advice on giving.

Kisses For My Mother

Andree Rachelle | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Andree Rachelle

The place where I had felt most safe and loved as an infant, in my mother's arms, with my nose and mouth pressed to her skin, just above her heart and below her shoulder, that place was calling me back to say good-bye. Good-bye, good night, my sweet, beautiful mother. And thank you for loving me so well.

Life After Death: A Surreal Reality

Melissa Gould | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

Joel was my husband and the love of my life. He died 15 months ago, and what seemed so surreal for the first year is now simply real, although still impossibly hard to comprehend.

Why I Decided To Enter A Beauty Pageant At Age 68

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

We are so very different from one another, this daughter and I. She is so very and naturally beautiful, has great concern for how she looks, and makes effort for it; although I look relatively good for my age, 68, I have little concern for it, and put minimal effort into it.

The Power Of Touch Between Mom And Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Lynn Erdman

Touch is one of the first senses to develop while the baby is still in the womb (between 7-8 weeks gestation). From their earliest weeks, babies depend on touch for exploring their world. Touch is so important that some consider skin to be the external nervous system.

Ads, Please Stop Hating on Mothers of Onlies

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

The message that parents get "real" after having multiple children is condescending to parents of onlies and sad for children who are not firstborns.

In Defense of Guilt and Empathy

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Many of our teens have little idea that their parents have feelings that can be hurt and hearts that can be broken. I say this cautiously, but let's hear it for teaching our kids just a little bit of guilt and a whole lot of empathy.

10 Great Word Ways to Love Mom on Valentine's Day

L.L. Barkat | Posted 04.02.2015 | Home
L.L. Barkat

If I could give something back to her this year, it would be something from this list (in fact, I chose two, but I'm not telling which, in case she happens to find this post, which is unlikely, but you never know what secrets the Internet accidentally divulges).

My 11-Year-Old Taught Me Resilience

Melissa Levis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Divorce
Melissa Levis

When I asked him how he was able to rebound, he simply said that he noticed himself slipping and didn't like it. So he decided to change. He was only in 4th grade! No therapy, no coaches, no self help books, no medication. He just decided to change and did the work to make it happen.

To Expectant Mom From New Mom, With Love

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Pregnancy can be an isolating experience, if only because it's your own. No one can know how you feel, because they aren't you. And you have no idea how to feel, because it's not something you've ever done before. Every day, every feeling, is new.

Pumps on a Plane

Kylah Goodfellow Klinge | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Kylah Goodfellow Klinge

Breastfeeding is an area ripe for tangled public discourse about sexism and expectation, mother's rights and women's rights, working motherhood and stay-at-home parenting, nutrition and science, convenience and cost, entitlement and class, encouragement and pressure.

The Club Nobody Wants to Join: Mothers With Sons in Prison

S. L. Young | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

There aren't any justifiable reasons that the alarming school-to-prison pipeline trends should continue. These systemic issues don't just take a village to address; it takes a nation and a world to resolve any ongoing and preventable injustices.

Coping As a Non-Resident, Primary Earner Mom: My Advice

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
40 Percent and Rising

There is no such thing as a part-time mother who works full-time. We do both roles, and the only way we manage is by sacrificing many of our own needs and wants. But in my case, it was as though none of these sacrifices were for any greater good at all.

Skiing the Conditions of Parenthood

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

No matter how skilled you think you are, no matter what worked in the past, the best thing to do is to read the conditions and respond accordingly.

Miscarriage, The Grief That We Can't Talk About

Rachel Toalson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

Before we even meet them, we have already planned their details and we have already seen their faces and we have already embraced them, alive. And then they are gone, and they will never sit in our car or sleep in that bed or look at the walls of that room we decorated with them in mind.

Disaster Prep: Are You Ready?

Diane Passage | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane Passage

Let's hope none of us ever really have to use our go bags or emergency family plans, but it's always better to be safe than sorry!

Parenting Is Sometimes Like A Triathlon

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Jenny G. Perry

You feel like you are winning at times. You excel in one way, but always have a weaker leg of the race. You prepare, but you never know what the weather will be like that day. It could be cold and windy or really freakin' hot.